I don’t know about you but I’ve been struggling to make tofu part of my diet ever since I started being vegan. The main reason I couldn’t eat tofu much was because I never liked the taste. But it made me sad; because tofu can provide a substantial amount of protein in a concentrated form. At one point, and way before I ever though I could make these 3 ingredient tofu strips, I’d actually given up on tofu and stopped buying it altogether.
The good thing about being vegan, or one of the awesome things about being vegan is that you’re often put on the spot, and need to figure out how to ‘make use of what you have on hand.’ My tofu boycott ended when I brought home a tub of tofu, one day, and attempted to make scrambled tofu, like scrambled eggs. With the right ingredients I succeeded at making really tasty scrambled tofu. What was surprising was that it didn’t take me long to achieve that. So I started wondering what else I could make with tofu. Besides “yogurt,” I figured out how to make amazingly chewy tofu strips that taste nothing like uncooked tofu!
I achieved the chewy consistency on the third or fourth try, mind you. The awesome taste took a bit longer. My point is; trial and error are of utmost importance when it comes to eating yummy vegan food.
The trick to making them chewy enough is to thinly cut them so they can bake enough in the oven, but not too thin that they burn. You can attempt to make tofu crackers if you cut them thin enough, but you’d need to be careful because they burn easily.
Applying the soy sauce and garlic powder mixture is fairly easy. Though, I don’t remember ever adding more ingredients to this recipe, I would imagine you can concoct different flavors and textures if you tried.
This recipe is, by far, my favorite tofu recipe, because these strips are enjoyably chewy and packed with a lot of essential nutrients like vitamins B1, B2 and B6, calcium, copper, manganese and protein. Soy sauce makes them delectably savory and rich. The garlic powder adds to the oriental flavor.
I usually have them on their own or as a side dish. I plan to try chopping up these 3 ingredient tofu strips into small squares and adding them to a salad. I’m also thinking of making a tofu strip sandwich along with lettuce and tomato. If you have other ideas please let me know. I’d be happy to hear from you ^_^
Even though I think they resemble meat/pork, they don’t taste anything like it. What I do know, though, is that they don’t taste like tofu either. My non-vegan brother enjoys having these from time to time. It makes me happy and proud that I managed to make a, yet another, dish that a non-vegan finds tasty.
Now, I buy tofu at least once a week. I make sure to always have some in my fridge. A lot of people will find this statement crazy, but eating tofu is one of the easiest ways to have yummy dishes that have good amounts of protein! Now, all I have to do is get sponsored by a company that produces tofu to get all the tofu I want!!!
I would love to know what you think of this 3 ingredient tofu strips recipe if you ever try making them!
Chewy 3 ingredient tofu strips Recipe
- 1 block extra firm tofu
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- Drain tofu block. Only drain the water that’s in the container. Don’t press tofu or squeeze the water out of it.
Slice tofu into 0.2 inch-thick slices.
Preheat your oven to 400 F.
Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Assemble tofu slices onto tray, but make sure they’re not overlapping.
Combine soy sauce and garlic powder in a small bowl.
With a pastry brush apply soy sauce-garlic powder mixture onto each tofu slice.
Place tray on the middle rack of oven and let tofu bake for 30- 40 minutes over 400 F.
Let strips cool before serving.
You’ll need a very sharp knife to slice tofu.